Suresh Raina has taken a sudden decision to opt-out of the upcoming IPL and return to India due to personal reasons.
Here is the Reason why Suresh Raina took that decision: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has received a huge setback just days before the start of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A significant amount of members in CSK have been tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad are the two players who have tested positive for the virus.
Now, CSK vice-captain and one of the mainstays of their batting lineup, Suresh Raina has decided to return to India due to personal reasons and not play the IPL. This has added to the problems list of the Chennai Super Kings.
The cricket fraternity is shocked to learn about Raina’s sudden decision to not play this year’s IPL. Fans were eager to see him in action for the CSK in the IPL, especially after he recently announced his retirement from international cricket.
Among all the other players, Raina was one of the first to start his practice and training for the upcoming IPL. He was training at home and even shared some of his videos of training. He even participated in CSK’s 5-day training camp in Chennai, before leaving for the UAE.
However, reports say that Raina became worried after 13 members of CSK tested positive for COVID-19. Fears grasped his mind and he felt worries about spending the whole tournament in the UAE.
The Head Coach Stephen Fleming and captain MS Dhoni also had a conversation with him. Both of them tried to calm him down and make him stay.
Raina was badly worried after 13 members of CSK tested positive for COVID-19
“On Friday night, in fact, there was a huge ruckus. He tried calling all his teammates, coach (Stephen Fleming), skipper (MS Dhoni) again and again to share his concerns. MS, in fact, also tried explaining things to him but nothing worked.
He was badly psyched up and worried. Eventually, everybody else realised there was no point holding him (back) from travelling back because he was totally gripped by fear,” sources told The Times of India.
Raina has been the pillar of the Chennai Super Kings batting line up over the years. In his absence and the current COVID-19 situation, it will be a very complicated and difficult task for Chennai to replace Raina.
However, whether CSK will look for his replacement or not is not known as of now. On the other hand, the BCCI has already confirmed the news of 13 CSK members testing positive for the COVID-19. However, the board has not revealed anyone’s names.
Now, CSK has to postpone their plans of preparations and training for the IPL 2020. They have to quarantine themselves for a few weeks more and then again have to undergo PCR. On the other hand, the 13 COVID-19 affected members of CSK will remain in isolation, as expected.
The IPL 2020 will get underway on September 19. It will be a 53-days tournament with the final on November 10.